Three Lives

Three Lives

by Joe Washington
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Three Lives by Joe Washington

‘I’m midway through the book and quite digging it.’
John Payne, Los Angeles Weekly

‘It was a bother to have to put the book down and get back to work. And Washington's totally believable characters are action-in-motion, nothing static about them or their black ops run by our invisible government arm that topples regimes, takes out enemies around the world and in general keeps things safe for multinational corporations.’
Steve Giordano - Editor, High on Adventure

For most of us, one life is enough. Imagine having three. Nicholas Gambit did. One man, three very different reasons for being.

Almost graduated from University and soon to leave a Kansas City ghetto he can’t wait to get away from, Nicholas is drawn into a conflict he wants no part of. His world crashing down around him, surrounded by violence, he learns he has some very special talents. Even with those talents, he finds he can’t protect everyone and when the nightmare is finally over, he is consumed. He is devoid of purpose, inconsolable, lost.

Upon observing how Nicholas conducts himself, and what he is capable of, agent John Wilkes devises a new purpose for him. He soon invites his protege to enlist in a program few know exists. Too emotionally drained to see that it is a mistake, Nicholas allows himself to be secreted away into a life that he thinks will give his existence meaning and pit him against those who place themselves above the law. Instead, he finds himself at war with his own principles — fearful he will become the enemy he has sworn to fight.

In the course of the transformation from artless college student to inconceivably skilled government operative, Nicholas finds love where it is forbidden, is made into a cold blooded murderer, and ultimately seeks out redemption by allowing another a chance to rediscover her own humanity.

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‘MAGNETIC!!!!!! Three Lives, by first time novelist Joe Washington, is a magnetic read - I couldn't put it down.’
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‘One can hardly wait for the sequel to this book.’
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BN ID: 2940011121197
Publisher: Midnight Mercury
Publication date: 10/11/2010
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 472 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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plappen More than 1 year ago
Most people have to be content with just one life. This is the tale of a man who led three very different lives. Nicholas Gambit is an African-American who has nearly graduated from the local university. He is desperate to escape his Kansas City ghetto, and is one of those who may actually make something of himself. Nicholas has gotten on the bad side of Raymond Smalls, a local drug dealer, by beating him up in a fight. Nicholas knows that it is only a matter of time before Raymond kills him, but he refuses to cower, or carry a gun. One night, his mother is murdered, and Nicholas almost joins her (courtesy of Smalls). In a moment of emotional crisis, Nicholas leaves with a man named Wilkes, who has learned that Nicholas has special "abilities." He is taken to an isolated compound, and along with others, taught to be a trained assassin. This is very high-level, and very serious training, in subjects ranging from self-defense to forensics to recent US foreign policy. In one self-defense class, two men are brought in with orders to kill Nicholas. Wilkes runs one of those super-secret organizations that is known to very few people. After several years of training, one of Nicholas' assignments is to protect a man who says he has evidence that the intentions of Wilkes are not exactly benign; that he is creating a private army. Meantime, an African princess named Chelsea is going to college in America. Back home, her father is overthrown, and her parents are killed, in a coup d'etat. Chelsea, who knows her way around subjects like weapons and fighting, takes it upon herself, along with those loyal to her, to kill anyone involved in the coup, no matter how indirectly. Another of Nicholas' assignments is to stop her. Wilkes is killed in a gun battle, so Nicholas finds himself as a "man without a country." He travels for a long time, finds love, and eventually enters into his third life, as a preacher. This is a really interesting story; the author certainly knows what he is doing. There is plenty of action and violence, but it also has heart and emotion, too. Here is a first-rate piece of writing.
MicheleM More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book very much infact I read it twice. It has you captivated from the very first page to the end. I am waiting for him to release a sequel if not another book. Enjoy it while curled up on the couch and drinking some hot chocolate.
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Azuvala More than 1 year ago
The storyline was quite interesting, the different people and their stories were each intriguing and I looked forward to reading them. Transitions were good and not to frequent between the three people (not perspectives, thank God). Often it would be at a time where things were becoming interesting, but I was just as delighted to move on to a different section as I was to continue the section I had been reading. Very well written, good grammar, and marvelous plot. I absolutely recommend this story, I didn't want to stop reading. The conclusion was very nice and everything concluded well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down. This was a verrrrrrry good book. I look forward to reading his next book.
Neana More than 1 year ago
In less than 24 hours after I purchased this book, I had read it cover to cover. Suspense, drama and action delicately laced with all forms of human love, made this a book I could not put down. I found this excellent literary exhibit to be captivating, intelligent and sexy to say the least. Mr. Washington's authentic characters, action packed sequences and detailed imagery offer a riveting and entertaining reading experience that I hated to see end. As Nicholas Gambit navigated various intense, unique and emotionally charged situations, I found myself completely drawn into his worlds. I anxiously await the sequel.
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INDEPENDENTREVIEWER More than 1 year ago
Three Lives, by first time novelist Joe Washington, is a magnetic read - I couldn't put it down. While the author's story-telling itself is still a bit rough in places, the story is a captivating tale of a young black man who is determined to make good in life, despite the handicap of living in the Kansas City ghetto where the most likely career path is one in drugs and gangs that ends in early violent death. I liked the protagonist, Nicholas, from the start, and suffered with him through the transition from relative innocence to a super-skilled man of morals and integrity. Nicholas' wits and ethics are tested almost beyond endurance as he commits himself to a discipline of training under the tutelage of John Wilkes, a high ranking government operative shrouded in mystery but with lots of clout. A parallel story unravels while we watch Nicholas grow up. Chelsea Matawae, a young African princess, is the only child of a King and Queen murdered in a coup de ta. She is well trained in the same arts that Nicholas has been studying, and she is quickly forced to use those skills for her survival. Paths do eventually cross, but not enough to warrant the parallel story telling. Both stories are, in truth, deserving of their own books. Mr. Washington implies that there are sequels to this book in the offing, and I look forward to seeing more of Nicholas' story and watching Mr. Washington's story-telling capability develop through continuing practice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read fiction, but this book grabbed me right away and kept me turning pages until the end. It allows the reader to really connect with the very likeable central character. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read fiction but this book grabbed me right away and kept me turning pages until the end. The initial factor that pulled me into this story was the central character, Nicolas Gambit, and his likeability. I was instantly on his side and kept turning pages to make sure he was safe. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope for a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never written a review before, but after reading Three Lives, I really wanted to. I wasn't sure what to expect -- especially since the author is new to the scene, but once I got into the swing of the story, I have to admit, I was hooked. I've always liked science fiction and I'm not sure if you could put it in this category, but it was a good read that I will recommend to others. Nice job, Mr. Washington. I'll look forward to your next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just of the hook. If you feel that you've ever been torn through decisions i dare you to outwit the characters represented in this book.Its a lingering experience that kept me absorbed into the world of fiction. Fiction has never been sweeter than Three lives.